Katrina and Jerome: A Birth Story, Part II

If you’re just tuning in, earlier we had Part I of Katrina’s birth story, and here is the continuation with Part II… Upon checking in, around 4:30am, I was 5 centimeter dilated and I began laboring in our hospital room. I was walking and standing, swaying and leaning throughout this time. It was here that the severe back pain began. With each contraction, my pelvis flared. Intensity was rushing from …continue…

Katrina and Jerome: A Birth Story, Part I

My good friend Katrina (who wrote this post for us) was kind enough to share her birth story.  I delivered my sweet baby boy Monday morning, October 10, 2011 at 7:33am in Los Angeles, California at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with my husband and mother present. He was 7lbs 13oz and 20 inches long. I first set eyes on my boy when his head was in the hands of …continue…

In the name of patriotism

Happy Summer Olympics 2012!  I have always been pretty obsessed with the Olympics.  Even back in the days when I could only watch them on Canadian TV.  So the fact that there is a summer Olympics is novel.  (Just kidding Canada, I know you participate in the Summer Olympics . . . but come on, you really only care about the Winter.)  We would watch curling, hockey, skiing and root …continue…

Portraits: Kevin, Tiffany, Kyan and Sage

I met Tiffany through Brandon–they used to work together and quickly became friends.  Back in February (when Eleanor was only a few months old) we decided to met up for lunch along the Embarcadero which turned into an impromptu photoshoot of Tiffany and her family post-lunch. Sage was quite shy with me, not sure what to think of someone snapping her picture.  Kyan was happy to give me plenty of …continue…

Portraits: A summary of past portrait sessions

We are getting really excited for our first Portrait Day on Saturday.  We are gathering all different kinds of items to help make everyones’ photos memorable, and fun for the kids. Who doesn’t love to play with new toys they haven’t seen before? We are pretty much booked solid all day, but we will definitely be holding another weekend in the fall for all those families, couples, pets who couldn’t …continue…

Portraits: Caroline and Marc

Meet Marc and Caroline, an adorable and vibrant couple that just oozes joie de vivre (a phrase that is extra appropriate–Marc is half French and Caroline is a self-admitted francophile). Marc and I have actually known each other a very long time.  Our mothers were very dear friends, and our families got even closer as my mom helped take care of his mom, Annie, as she battled cancer.  Caroline and …continue…

Affordable Portraits with Chalk + Dot!

As moms ourselves, Erica and I feel strongly that it shouldn’t break the bank to have high quality portraits of your growing family.  Because of this, we are hosting our first mini portrait session Saturday!  This Saturday, July 28 Erica and I will be spending our day at Heather Farms in Walnut Creek photographing YOU. For $90, you will get a 45 minute session with 2 photographers with 10 complimentary …continue…

Mmmm . . . . coffee . . . slurp

We all know that mother’s need coffee.  If you don’t then, you need to write a book or something.  But I do.  I’ve been laying off the caffeine intake, which I do from time to time, thinking it’s time to get healthy.  And drink water first thing in the morning, maybe a juice cleanse . . . 45 minutes into that I realize that I’m really hungry.  Like, so hungry …continue…

{freebie} Colorful Animal Circles for a Nursery

Since we, ok, mostly I, have been lagging on posting lately I decided to give you guys a free download.  I was looking at photos from Jackson’s nursery today and I was getting a bit nostalgic for my tiny little guy.  He’s not so tiny now, and he’s not quite as content to play while I’m on the computer.  He LOVES to ‘work’ on the computer.  And just google image …continue…